It’s time for #6degrees. Start at the same place as other wonderful readers, add six books, and see where you end up.
This month we begin with What Are You Going Through by Sigrid Nunez. The novel focuses on a woman spending time with her dying friend, as does The Spare Room by Helen Garner.
I recently saw Garner interview Charlotte Wood about her new book, The Luminous Solution.
I haven’t read The Luminous Solution yet, but it immediately reminded me of Phosphorescence by Julia Baird, if only for the focus on our inner life and how that links to the world around us.
My favourite bits of Phosphorescence focused on nature, however, a couple of the essays are about the meaning that religion provides, which links to Lapsed by Monica Dux.
Lapsed examines the extent of ‘belief’, as does The Believer by Sarah Krasnostein.
Krasnostein focuses on a case study in The Believer about Mennonites. In Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, Crossroads, the main character is a pastor in a church which is not specified in the blurb, however, at a recent author talk, Franzen identified the Mennonites – I will confirm when I tackle this chunkster over summer!
I didn’t stray too far this month, sticking with the themes of spirituality and belief. Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.
Next month (December 4, 2021), we’ll start with the classic novella, Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton.